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Dr. Saar A. Porrath, 62, a Niagara Falls native and leader in the field of women's health, died Sunday (Sept. 12, 1999) in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Rabbi Samuel I. Porrath, former rabbi of Temple Beth El of Buffalo.

A specialist in radiology, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine, Porrath was a pioneer in the treatment of breast disease in women. He developed noninvasive needle biopsies of the breast and created the highly regarded Woman's Breast Center in Los Angeles.

He also consulted and lectured internationally on breast disease and consulted health care policy-makers on public health legislation. His efforts resulted in congressional approval of mammograms for women younger than 50 and California legislation that earmarks cigarette tax money for breast cancer research.

A graduate of the University at Buffalo Medical School, Porrath, who moved to California in the early 1970s, was president of the American Society of Breast Disease and the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

He is survived by his wife, Toni Bernay; a son, Mitchell Bernay of Dallas; two daughters, Ellen of Youngstown and Laura Chalfin of Los Angeles; his mother, Tibey Porrath of Buffalo; and a sister, Hedria Lunken of Buffalo.

Funeral services were held today in Hillside Cemetery and Mortuary, Los Angeles.


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